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Craft.

Going to art school, I've learned a lot more than just digital design. Here are some projects that incorporate craft skills.

SCOBY Mask

SCOBY Mask

ABOUT

Teammate: SCOBY (a live symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast)

I worked with a teammate on this project, but not the kind of teammate you're thinking... I spent weeks brewing kombucha in my dorm room to grow something called a SCOBY. This living organism is a byproduct of the kombucha fermentation process that can be dried and used as a textile, a natural and cruelty free alternative to materials like leather. I experimented with various growth conditions and treatments to explore the properties of SCOBY leather, including bending it into shapes, dyeing it, scenting it, creating patterns, and more.

This project was part of the Collaborative BioArt + Design course at California College of the Arts, taught by professor Michael Bogan.

TOOLS

SCOBY (homegrown), pins, foam, X-Acto knife

Identity Archive

Identity Archive

ABOUT

This piece was a box using layered sheets of cut out paper to compose a scene that encapsulates various aspects of identity, consolidating them into a single archive. Using different lighting sources, the appearance and mood of the piece can be changed. Different layers create a shadow effect, while the open cut outs in the back allow light to shine through.

TOOLS

X-Acto knife

Topographic Treehouse

Topographic Treehouse

ABOUT

This is a piece from the 3D: Form Versus Function course at CCA, taught by Elin Christopherson. The inspiration for this assignment was a map: specifically, a square cutout of a map that covered a 2 mile x 2 mile area of Oakland, California. My "monument" was a treehouse.

You can read a more about my process and the background of this project here in a short blog post.

TOOLS

Table saw, bandsaw, scroll saw

Illuminated SCOBYs

Illuminated SCOBYs

ABOUT

Teammate: SCOBY (a live symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast)

SCOBY is a living organism and a byproduct of the kombucha fermentation process. It can be dried and used as a textile – a natural and cruelty free alternative to materials like leather. In these pieces, I experimented with dyeing the SCOBY leather and explored how light passed through it, radically altering its appearance and revealing unseen details.

This project was part of the Collaborative BioArt + Design course at California College of the Arts, taught by professor Michael Bogan.

TOOLS

SCOBY (homegrown), food coloring, thread, foam, pins

Poetry Box

Poetry Box

ABOUT

This is a piece from the 3D: Form Versus Function course at CCA, taught by Elin Christopherson. This assignment was to choose a poem or song as inspiration and design a wooden box based on the lyrics. I chose "Forever Young" by Bob Dylan and designed a dove bearing an olive branch.

You can read a more about my process and the background of this project here in a short blog post.

TOOLS

Bandsaw, wood burning tool

Material Studes

Material Studies

ABOUT

Teammate: SCOBY (a live symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast)

SCOBY is a living organism and a byproduct of the kombucha fermentation process. It can be dried and used as a textile – a natural and cruelty free alternative to materials like leather. I wanted to explore the possibilities of using dried SCOBYs as a material or textile. With these pieces, I dried them on textured surfaces to imprint a pattern on the finished material.

This project was part of the Collaborative BioArt + Design course at California College of the Arts, taught by professor Michael Bogan.

TOOLS

SCOBY (homegrown), plastic sheets

Music Building Blocks